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can a M.R.S.A. staph carrier get disability?
Started by Jay Hamilton
Posted: December 28, 2007 at 09:17
I'm writing this to let people know more about this fatal bacterial infection. I know to some it's just bothersome, but 3 Years ago. I was diagnosed with staph in arm close to my wrist. within two weeks it traveled to my nose, but went away in my arm. Unfortunately once staph enters your nose there it will stay. Even if you get better. It's very hard to get rid of. And yet again before I started to feel like my old self. It came back. This time it was diagnosed mrsa staph. I was told while i had these constant outbreaks I was not going to be able to work, This it won't go away so i've been sitting here with a 6month old child which i love dearly and my soon to be wife (when we can afford to get married) for 3 months without a check of any kind. After seeing a ears,nose,and throat specialist. I was even more upset.He was the one that informed me i could get rid of the mrsa staph bacteria in my nose. He went to tell me many people carry the mrsa or common staph bacteria in there nose, but they never know, because they never break out. So this is scary to me. I can't afford to provide my family and on top of that. I wouldn't know what i would do if i gave this to my baby or wife. I'm thinking about signing for disability, No one will hire a highly infectious person and since its in my nose i can't cover it up and it gives my bad inner ear infections that makes me walk like I'm drunk. The only problem is. I'm 21. I heard its almost impossible to get it at my age. Which there are no signs it getting any better leads me to my question. Does anybody know anyone with disability due to mrsa staph with the severity that i have explained? please to those who read this i would like responses and answers if you have any knowledge on my situation.

thank you for reading and i hope you get as much help from this. as i hope to get from you.
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Reply #1 by Jay Hamilton
Posted: December 28, 2007 at 09:26
i'm sorry instead the special told me i couldn't get rid of mrsa in my nose for those who read this
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Reply #2 by PJ
Posted: December 30, 2007 at 04:00
I too have MRSA in my sinus cavaties. It comes and goes. I have had 4 Pic lines in the last year to combat it. Vanc is about the only drug that touchs mine. I got it caring for my Dad.Three surgeries to clean out my sinuses this year. No fun at all.
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Reply #3 by L
Posted: January 6, 2008 at 03:53
I understand where you are coming from. I have had a total of 9 sinus sugeries over the years. I have went from being a full time worker, wife, and mother of two. I spend most days in bed to sick to even get up. I have had a picc line in for 7 months receiving antibotics daily. I had a port a cath put in recently to continue this treatment. I have a nurse that comes weekly to the home. I also have a rare condition called osteomyelitis of the maxillary. It has cost over $130,000.00 for treatment in the last 6 months. I see no end in site. I am only 39, I have applied for disability. I applied back in July 07. I have seen there doctors in Oct and told that I would be given a decision by Jan 06 08. I was called within the last week and told that it would be post phoned and I needed to get another letter from my treating doctors as they have not dealt with disease in the past. I will know get an answer within 90 days. I have not been turned down at this point. My child is know showing signs, she is on her 4 antibotic and is not getting better. I am just beside myself as I do not know how she could have gotten this from me. I have been so extremely careful. It is so scary because she is so young and I don't want her to be as sick as I have.
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Reply #4 by EM on OREGON
Posted: August 9, 2010 at 11:32
I have a very severe case of HA-MRSA (hospital acquired mrsa) which I got during surgery - I have had it since nov 2004. I have had over 35 different incisions made on my body since then. I am never well enough long enough to go back to work, and the VANCO is so toxic it has now started eating my insides alive. It is not good on the kidneys. I had worked as a nurse until being infected.. My only other work history was in foodservice. I don't want to infect anyone with what i was infected with. My doctor won't release me to go back to work. I applied and got denied 3 times and then hired an attorney and still got denied again 3 times - attorney restarted the whole application process and i am now on a 1 1/2 year wait for my appeal hearing. This illness has cost me everything, a $60,ooo a year job and I also have kids that I cant even touch or kiss or hug or even be around when i am sick and due to the amount of re-occurances you can imagine how hard it is. I have a bathroom in my bedroom and pretty much quarantine myself when i am ill - but despite the financial loss and being forced to live below poverty on welfare pre-ssi I believe we MRSA patients suffer emotional loss as well to avoid infecting our loved ones. But our federal govt does not yet recognize MRSA as a disease that deems worthy of ssi ssdi claim. Guess you have to be almost dead to recieve benefits. I am going to look into suing the hospital now because in 2004 I tried to find an attorney and got laughed at for trying to sue the hospital. But mrsa patients are finally winning cases in US. GET YOUR RECORDS IMMEDIATELY OR THEY WILL DISAPPEAR OUT OF YOUR FILES!!! I am not lazy - I want to work - I feel useless, but I have an obligation to the public to not spread infection, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. God bless any of you that take the time to read this. Help others to not get this infection by spreading the word to anyone you know about safety, I went to surgery to get well from an illness and came out with a life changing illness that kills more people per year than hiv/aids or cancer. I welcome any feedback and would love to share info with anyone new to the process and pain of MRSA
EM
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Reply #5 by Bob Anderson
Posted: August 9, 2010 at 14:35
I am sorry to hear of your circumstance but there may be a way to help.

Read all the threads in this forum about crushed raw natural non-irradiated garlic. If used properly it can greatly benefit you in many ways.

Good luck to you.


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Reply #6 by jason roberts
Posted: March 29, 2011 at 20:10
I have had staph infections on my face for about 6 years now . the first year or two was kind of minor and just assumed razor bumps and/or adult onset acne . Each year passed and i was having more frequent bumps and infected hair follicles that took longer and longer to heal . Several visits to the dermatologist ... nothing ever worked . My job required shaving so i asked my dermatologist about a letter of request for a reduction in shaving , due to it's irritation of the condition . My employer totally blew it off . I guess staph was not serious to my employer . This skin condition was/is embarassing and causes pain both physical and emotional . My heart goes out to anyone with real bad acne . Eventually i was conveniently laid off in december 2009 - which i still am . 3 visits and 6 prescriptions later very very little progress . Not to mention all the non prescription cleaners and ointments i've tried . Even after i quit shaving on a regular basis it still persists . I firmly believe that employers that require shaving for the job should make an exception for employees with staph infection on their face - hair follicle infection/et cetera . I have not left my house in the past year without a bandaid on the left side of my face . I see no end in site and thank God for unemployment or i would have become homeless long ago . I can't work in a job where shaving is required , and i definitely can't work in food service . Anyone with bad acne in a job requiring shaving is probably only making it worse . and it might be staph induced nodular acne at that . something i wouldn't wish on my worst enemy .
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Reply #7 by Bob Anderson
Posted: March 29, 2011 at 23:15
Jason -

Here's something that is cheap but very effective and you will see great improvements in days.

I am not a doctor of any kind and cannot give any medical advice and I certainly would not tell you to go against a doctor's advice; all I can do is discuss the properties of garlic and let people and their health care providors decide for themselves what to do.

If you will read the many garlic posts in this forum you will come to discover that crushed raw non-irradiated garlic (CRG) kills all bacteria on contact, including MRSA and moreover, MRSA cannot become immune to CRG the way it has pharmaceutical antibiotics.

Pharmaceutical antibiotics work by blocking chemical bonding receptors on the external cell walls of bacteria, provided that they can match the receptors but if they can't the bacteria is immune to that antibiotic and another may be tried.

CRG doesn't work that way, it penetrates right through the bacteria's cell walls and gets into the interior of the MRSA cell, causing it to swell up and burst, killing it. MRSA cannot become immune to that and CRG will work every time but it must come into contact with the bacteria. Putting CRG directly on a MRSA lesion burns fiercely for a minute or so and then the burning sensation goes away. Diluting CRG in water prevents the burning sensation and remains strongly antibiotic.

Bathing for an hour or two in warm/hot CRG water penetrates the skin like a giant transdermal patch and kills MRSA in many places at once. Deeper infections require more treatments than topical lesions. It does not upset the intestinal tract like antibiotics often do.

You will smell garlicky for a few hours but the treatment really does work, as has been said by several readers of this forum who have tried it. Often bathers find themselves feeling better and with more energy afterwards as well.

If you decide to try it, you have to be sure to get non-irradiated garlic. The Asiatic and Turban varieties of garlic grown in China have the shortest shelflife of all garlics so some big farms radiate their garlic so it will store a long time without sprouting. The radiation kills the garlic and its enzyme that triggers the chemical processes that result in allicin being formed when garlic is crushed so irradiated garlic has no health benefits.

Every clove of every normal garlic bulb has a small growing shoot in its center in a sheath in an otherwise solid clove. Remove a clove from a bulb and cut it vertically down the center and look for a little shoot with tiny leaves and if you see one, your garlic is good and has not been irradiated. But, if there is no sprout, only an empty sheath then the garlic has been irradiated and won't work.

The FDA will not let doctors recommend garlic, we're all on our own here.

Please explore our forum and learn all you can, an educated patient makes better decisions.

The life you save may be your own or one dear to you.

Good luck to you.

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Reply #8 by Courtney
Posted: March 30, 2011 at 02:26
My two year old daughter has been dignoised with MRSA for the rest of her life. they are even questioning if she will be allowed to be enrolled in public school because of the death ratio with MRSA. the super bug is what they call it. She's done had two surgerys and several outbreaks in the past 6 months. And a RN told me i should seek disabilty for her cause it's a life long desiese and all the antbiotics no longer work neither do the creams now we just basicaly sit back and pray they dont absess and require surgary. it's tough and noone wants to be around her i feel so bad for her she's only two and dont deserve this

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Reply #9 by Bob Anderson
Posted: March 30, 2011 at 06:33
Courtney -

It is difficult for others to know how you feel but I think there is hope.

I'm very sorry to hear about the problems your two year old daughter is going through but maybe there may be something you can try that can help.

Read the post right above yours and see if it gives you any ideas.

Then read the thread titled "MRSA positive 16 month old", which is near the top in the list of topics in the forum and see if it gives you any ideas.

Explore all your options, help may come from where you least expect it.

If there were something you could do that would help your daughter, wouldn't you want to try it?

Garlic water kills MRSA on contact and MRSA cannot become immune to it. It is a weapon your doctors are not allowed to use because it is not a part of any FDA treatment protocol because it doesn't come from a pharmaceutical company.

Doctors don't learn about herbal or folk remedies in med school but garlic works anyway and, frankly, in most cases garlic works better than anything the pharmaceutical companies have but it only works if it is actually tried. I hope you will read about the different ways to use non-irradiated natural garlic, it just might be the hope you are looking for.

Other people have had success treating their small children with it as unconventional as it may sound.

It pains me greatly to see children suffer when there is an inexpensive and effective answer as close as the produce department of a grocery store.

The choice is yours and if you truly want to do everything you can to help your daughter you should try every available avenue.

I'm not a doctor and I can't give any medical advice but I know a lot about how to use garlic in different ways to kill staph and so I tell people about how garlic works and it is up to them to decide what to do but it is up to them.

There truly is hope but you have to carefully look over all your options and educate yourself. An educated patient makes better decisions.

When used properly, garlic can kill MRSA and MRSA cannot become resistant to it and it will always kill MRSA on contact.

Yes, the patient will smell garlicky for a few hours after treatments but eventually may be able to live a normal life and few if any more treatments may be needed.

This forum is the best place on the internet to learn about it and how it works. It only works if you actually use it in the ways I have outlined in many posts in this forum.

Thi life you save may be your own or the life of a dearly loved one who is especially precious to you.

Good luck to you and your daughter.

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Reply #10 by Carol
Posted: May 16, 2011 at 15:18
I to have MRSA I break out every month to month and a half and miss anywhere from one to two weeks of work each time, I work at a hospital and I get the feeling that they are trying to force me to quit without saying them excate words, if you get my drift... I have no clue what to do
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Reply #11 by rhiannon
Posted: May 26, 2011 at 19:53
my son just turned 2 and has been batteling with mrsa outbreaks CONSTANTLY since he was 9 months, from hospitals, to dermatologists, to other specialists. we still have no answers, his backside, his belly, and his thighs are covered in scars from the horrific boils. i have done everything from numerous antibiotics to natural herbs to bleach baths, at this point his system is immune to ALL antibiotics. He walks around saying ouch and at times cant even sit on his rear. this last "outbreak" he had 30+ boils on his body. Does anybody know detailed info about disability for children. i am a nurse and have missed tons of work due to him being sick. his daycare is understanding , but he can't lead a normal life.
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Reply #12 by Bob Anderson
Posted: May 27, 2011
Rhiannon -

If you will read the other posts by me on this page you may begin to see a possible solution. If you search this forum for garlic posts you will find a lot more information about the garlic bath option and you will find reports from people in a similar situation to yours who have used it with effectiveness.

As unlikely as it may seem, crushed raw garlic (crg) that has not been irradiated kills MRSA on contact and MRSA cannot become resistant to the allicin in crg.

Garlic baths are not approved by the FDA and so you won't find any doctors or hospitals recommending them. They work anyway but people have to take it upon themselves to try them on their own because they do not have official FDA approval. We're all on our own here.

Numerous studies have shown that the allicin in crg kills all bacteria, including resistant species, and one of the studies (Walton, Herbold & Lendegren, published in Food Science Journal) even showed it killed bacteria out to eight inches away just from the fumes.

Antibiotics need to have a chemical configuration that allows it to bind to a receptor on the outer wall of a MRSA bacterium to kill it but if the receptor is different then that bacterium is resistant. Allicin penetrates right through that cell wall and gets into the interior of the bacterium, causing it to swell up and burst, killing it. No bacteria can become immune to that.

Letting the crg set for 30 minutes to an hour after crushing before adding to a bath warm enough to open up the pores and soaking in the bath for an hour or two. Garlic allergies are rare but starting off with a milder solution may be advisable. The garlic water will kill all bacteria on the surface and soak into the skin and kill MRSA it encounters in the body.

Repeated applications are required for deeper, older infections. As a patient shows tolerance to the baths without allergic redness developing, the number of crushed cloves may be increased.

Studies have shown that allicin can still be effective up to a dilution of 250,000 to one so it doesn't take much but you can increase the dosage and increase its effectiveness as it is dose dependent.

Garlic baths usually stop new outbreaks in their tracks and prevent them from developing.

Some parents on this board tell of their children being greatly improved and even cured using garlic baths. You might want to look into it by reading the posts in this forum.

In my view, every parent with a child in day care needs to learn about garlic and how to use it as an anti-microbial and adopt it as their family's best friend.

Only natural garlic that has not been irradiated will work and a lot of grocery store garlic comes from China and some of it has been irradiated to keep it from sprouting. Fortunately, there is a way to tell. Remove a clove from a bulb and cut it open and look for a little growing sprout in its core and if you find one it is good garlic, if not, it has been irradiated.


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Reply #13 by Dena
Posted: August 16, 2011 at 07:34
I have a three year old daughter who has battled
with mrsa for at least a year now.she has had a few
surgeries, multiple meds at a time, ivy meds, and
then when nothing seemed to work they referred me
to a pediatric infectious disease specialist. The
specialist now wants everyone in my house hold to
bathe in bleach water for 15 minutes a day, clean all
bedding everyday along with clothes and house. That
last up to two weeks everyday then it goes to two to
three times a week for six months. So now my
daughter who turned three on friday and my three
year old nephew and myself along with parents have
to do this for the next 6_7 months and hope it cuts
down on her outbreaks.
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Reply #14 by jeff
Posted: September 19, 2011 at 23:55
I've read the posts, and I feel everyone's pain, since June 2nd of this years I
have had 9 staph outbreaks, and was tested, and yes it is mrsa. I can't begin to
tell you how irritating this is, I have been out of work off and on, and my
insurance Co denied my temporary disability claim. I'm going to try and stay
positive! If there is a way this can be created, I'm sure there is a way it can be
killed! I just hope we find it! I will say that the outbreaks are becomming less
severe! I'm 36 and I live in ohio, just a few weeks ago the local paper had an
article about an mrsa outbreak in my county!
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Reply #15 by haley
Posted: October 19, 2011
I'm also a MRSA carrier i have had over a year now, after had my c-section and i have it on a normal bases. I am ashamed that have to walk around with it. I could not even enjoy my baby because of this and im not tryin to complain but you do get tired of it the antibotics i take i am immune to it and nothing really helps. I hope one day i can be MRSA free.
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Reply #16 by Jes
Posted: November 8, 2011 at 18:39
Hi guys. I too am a newly diagnosed MRSA carrier with active outbreaks in my nose and inner ear that have been going on since i was a little kid. I am pretty sure that MRSA is the reason but only Summer of 2011 was it finally found with a simple swab-idea from an LPN. If only all those years a Dr. would have had the idea to swab and check.. Anyways. I've read a lot here but started skimming because I cannot see in any post where the poster's question was answered. Are there any people who have been or are getting diability due to their MRSA? I too havnt been able to work in the 2 fields i have worked in my entire adult life: health and education..... I also have 2 young children and an infant who I am afraid to touch. I've been very depressed but also try to live each day as it comes and be happy. I have student loan people from Wells Fargo calling and harrassing me all the time which makes me feel even more like crap. I barely scrape by enough to buy food and pay the co-pays for our doctor visits.
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Reply #17 by Laura
Posted: November 12, 2011 at 07:21
I want to encourage you to apply for disability & ssi. I was so sick last year that I lost my job and applied for disability. I recreived it in 5 months. I am older and have been sick for years. I do not know how long I have had MRSA, but it takes everything for me to function. I feel like a leper. As for your student loans, Jes. Let Wells Fargo know that you are going for disability for the MRSA. I was told if I coiuld get a doctor to sign a form stating that I will never be able to go back to work my student loan would be discharged.
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Reply #18 by Sassycat
Posted: December 13, 2011 at 06:19
I hope and pray for SSDI. I too am a nurse affected by this nasty superbug...MRSA. It has changed my whole life and turned it upside down. Is anyone else's immune system whacked? I use to be tough... never got sick. Now... I catch everything. I stay so weak and just want to sleep. I have had HA- MRSA over 9 long months!! I can't work and a lot of the Docs don't fully understand MRSA. I am a carrier now... a life sentence. I may appear to be well but even a simple handshake I could infect an innocent person. Obviously can't go back into nursing. No one would want a MRSA nurse and I can't blame them. I don't want to expose anyone to this. I mostly stay in my home under
quarantine. Has anyone been able to get SSI/SSDI for MRSA????
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Reply #19 by Dar
Posted: December 18, 2011 at 05:12
Just exactly how do you make garlic water? one clove in 8 oz. of water or how much?
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